A few weeks ago, 7 of us took off for a relaxing 3 day weekend trip to the hot springs in Guanacaste. Our plan was 3 days - 3 hot springs.
Believe it or not, this was my FIRST time going to a hot springs.
I had never researched the benefits, but discovered that the springs are excellent for relaxation, health, and more. Hot springs, onsens, mineral baths, spa therapy—or whatever name you want to call them—have a rich history and are cherished in many parts of the world.
The healing powers of hot springs have been used for thousands of years and are widely accepted in Europe and Japan as natural treatment options for various common ailments. The therapeutic use of water, or balneotherapy, could be just what the doctor ordered when it comes to relieving pain, stress, skin woes and more. Scientists from Japan, Europe, the Middle East, and elsewhere have long been studying balneology (or balneotherapy), which is the “treatment of disease by bathing” and usually in waters containing minerals.
And...it has been said that, soaking in hot springs increases your blood flow, circulation, metabolism, and absorption of essential minerals. Plus, their waters could help “treat chronic digestive diseases, constipation, diabetes, gout, and liver complaints.”
WOW! What took me so long?
Our 1st stop - Las Hornillas Volcano Hot Springs, located at the foot of the Miravalles Volcano. The admission cost was $25 per person for an all day pass. They have several different thermal pools (plus a sauna) with varying temperatures. One pool was so HOT that no human body could possibly stand it! They finally ran some cold water in it to cool it down, but it was never cool enough for me.
The Miravalles Volcano - Guanacaste Costa Rica
Miravalles has been sleeping for centuries, except for a small steam explosion in 1946. It is Costa Rica’s only live volcano where you can walk around a crater, see and feel the smoke rising out from the boiling, muddy caldrons & steam vents. This volcano is known for its sulfur springs, fumaroles and bubbling mud pots sits 6.653 feet high and is the highest peak of the Guanacaste mountains.
BENEFITS of Taking a Mud Bath:
The benefits of bathing in volcanic mud are many and varied. They include beauty benefits such as conditioning of the hair, exfoliation and softening of the skin, an improvement in circulation, and the alleviation of some skin conditions. It’s also very relaxing, resulting in a great feeling of calm. The possible health benefits include reducing inflammation, a balancing of pH levels, and the relief of joint and muscle tension. Source
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BENEFITS of Thermal Hot Springs:
Boosts Blood Circulation
Relieves Pain Naturally
Solves Skin Problems